Pacquiao confirms July bout with Matthysse in Malaysia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) — Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao formally announced on Tuesday he has set the date and venue of his next bout.

He is set to slug it out with reigning WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 14 (July 15, U.S. time).

"It's on! Can't wait to challenge Lucas Matthysse for another world title," Pacquiao said in a tweet, which he ended with the hashtag #Pacmanisback.

The 35-year-old Argentinian boxer Matthysse successfully defended his title against Thailand's Tewa Kiram in January to improve his record to 39 wins, 36 coming by way of knockout, and four losses.

Pacquiao, who is also a sitting Philippine senator, said he still has time to prepare for the fight during their session break. The Senate is adjourned and will resume on May 14, then it will again adjourn on June 2.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn via a controversial unanimous decision in July 2017. He carries a record of 59 wins, 38 knockouts, and seven losses.

The bout in Malaysia will be the Filipino's first in Asia since beating Chris Algieri in Macau in 2014.